After the cancellation of the Belgian Grand Prix, the top ten drivers were awarded half points for completing over 4 laps under the safety car.
So let’s take a comprehensive look at the Formula 1 point system.
If the race is suspended due to heavy rainfall, poor visibility, or deadly heat and cannot be resumed, no points will be awarded if the race leader failed to complete a minimum of 2 laps.
Half points will be awarded if the leader has completed more than two laps but less than 75% of the original sprint qualifying session or race distance.
Full points will be awarded if the leader has completed 75% or more of the race distance. The winner receives 25 points, the second-place finisher 18 points, with 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1 point for positions 3 through 10, respectively.
After the second restart, the race got canceled after completing just over 4 laps behind the safety car. Hence, with the cars failing to complete over 75% of the race, the top ten drivers were awarded half points.
The two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, who finished the Belgian GP P11, was left disappointed by the FIA decision to give half points to the top 10 drivers without competitive racing at Spa-Francorchamps.